Smart Card Alliance to Present Best Practices for Overcoming Patient Identity Challenges at NAHAM Annual and Virtual Conference

Princeton Junction, New Jersey, UNITED STATES

PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J., April 30, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, healthcare providers are faced with an identity dilemma: how can they accurately identify and authenticate patients, and then match them to procedures and care? Those interested in learning the best practices for overcoming patient identity challenges should attend a special Smart Card Alliance Learning Lab in-person or via webcast at NAHAM's 40th Annual Educational Conference & Exposition.

The Smart Card Alliance Health and Human Services Council Learning Lab session, "Patient Access: Best Practices and Standards for Patient Authentication," will take place on Thursday, May 15th from 3:00-4:15 p.m. ET at the NAHAM conference in Hollywood, Fla.

Not attending NAHAM? NAHAM will also be providing access to the Learning Lab through a live webcast of the session as part of the Virtual Conference. Webcast registrants can listen to presenters, watch presentations and participate by asking questions in real time. For more information or to register for the Smart Card Alliance Learning Lab session, visit

"The identity crisis within the healthcare ecosystem jeopardizes the safety and privacy of patients, and lessens the effectiveness and quality of care. With no standardized process to manage patient information, organizations are more susceptible to misidentifying patients and duplicating records," said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance. "This Learning Lab session identifies and addresses this fundamental identity issue and provides solutions to protect patients and healthcare professionals."

In this Learning Lab, experts and end-users will identify the challenges that healthcare providers face today. They will detail standards, best practices and case studies for enrolling and authenticating patients in a hospital setting and ways to carry that correct identity through the patient's entire stay, including correctly matching records to procedures. The session will be presented by:

  • David Batchelor, Vice Chair, Smart Alliance Health and Human Services Council and CEO, LifeMed ID
  • Morgan Richard, Smart Card Alliance Health and Human Services Council, XTec Inc.
  • John Stoy, CIO at Mid Coast Hospital
  • Roderick Bell, CIO, Resolute, an Innovation Center for Vanguard Health

The Virtual Conference will feature up to five Learning Lab sessions, each worth 1.25 NAHAM contact hours. Sessions will be broadcast live from the conference; Internet access and Adobe Reader software are required. Registration is $40 for members and $55 for non-members.

Additional healthcare identity information and resources from the Smart Card Alliance Health and Human Services Council is available at

About the Smart Card Alliance Health and Human Services Council

The Health & Human Services Council activities stimulate the understanding, adoption and widespread acceptance of single and multi-application smart card technology for healthcare applications.

The Health & Human Services Council activities include:

  • Providing educational resources for health and human services organizations, consumers, government organizations and members to foster deployment of smart cards in the marketplace;
  • Identifying the challenges and opportunities in the emerging health and human services marketplace for applications that can be supported by smart card technology;
  • Promoting the development and use of standards for health and human services applications

Participation is open to any Smart Card Alliance member who wishes to contribute to the Council projects.

About the Smart Card Alliance

The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for-profit, multi-industry association working to stimulate the understanding, adoption, use and widespread application of smart card technology.

Through specific projects such as education programs, market research, advocacy, industry relations and open forums, the Alliance keeps its members connected to industry leaders and innovative thought. The Alliance is the single industry voice for smart cards, leading industry discussion on the impact and value of smart cards in the U.S. and Latin America. For more information please visit


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